Drake Tags Taylor Swift 'Top Gangster' in Kendrick Diss, AI Tupac

Drake ignites fresh controversy with innovative diss track

by Zain ul Abedin
Drake Tags Taylor Swift 'Top Gangster' in Kendrick Diss, AI Tupac
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Drake once again stirs the pot in the music world with his latest release, "Taylor Made Freestyle," a pointed diss track targeting Kendrick Lamar. The song dropped on Instagram on Friday, April 19, alongside the release of Taylor Swift's album, "The Tortured Poets Department."

In "Taylor Made Freestyle," Drake continues the lyrical battle that began with his earlier track "Push Ups," where he initially called out Lamar.

This time, he intensifies his approach by enlisting AI-generated verses from iconic figures like Snoop Dogg and the late Tupac Shakur, adding an unexpected twist to the feud. The track seems to play off Swift’s name, suggesting that her influence is stalling Lamar's response to Drake's challenges.

In his lyrics, Drake asserts, "But now we gotta wait a f------ week 'cause Taylor Swift is your new Top/And if you 'bout to drop, she gotta approve." He critiques the corporate ties in the industry, expressing his frustration with what he perceives as orchestrated schedules and manipulated feuds, clearly distinguishing himself from what he terms "corporate industry puppets." Drake's relationship with the music industry's corporate side has often been complex, and this track underscores his stance, blending respect with rivalry.

By the end of the song, Drake shifts tones, offering a nod to Swift’s dominance in the industry: "Yeah, shout out to Taylor Swift, biggest gangster in the music game right now."

Strategic Release Timing

The strategic release date of "Taylor Made Freestyle" coincides with both Lamar's recent collaboration with Future and Metro Boomin on the chart-topping single "Like That" and Swift’s album drop.

Lamar's single indirectly addresses his ongoing competition with Drake, claiming a distinct separation in their artistic lanes. This fresh diss track from Drake also features a unique utilization of AI technology, incorporating stylized voices of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur to deliver sharp bars and pointed advice to Lamar, pushing the boundaries of traditional rap battles into the realm of digital innovation.

Snoop Dogg humorously reacted to his AI representation in the track by sharing a lighthearted video on Instagram, expressing bewilderment and amusement, which quickly went viral among fans. With "Taylor Made Freestyle," Drake not only keeps the spotlight on his lyrical prowess but also his ability to dominate the cultural conversation, proving once again why he remains a formidable force in the ever-evolving music industry.

As the industry watches and waits, the question remains: how will Lamar and the rest of the implicated artists respond to this bold new entry in hip-hop’s ongoing saga of rivalries?

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